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#1 candelo

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Posted 20 July 2010 - 06:05 PM

Hi

I need to update my protection software and would like some help. I don't mind paying if it gives me better protection. Apart from knowing what is the best program I also am interested in knowing if it is better to have total internet security in one package or should I get separate virus protection, separate firewall and so on. I had a serious problem with a backdoor trojan recently and it has made me a bit cautious.

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Posted 20 July 2010 - 07:58 PM

If your not going to play in the shallow end of the pool with your water wings; LUA - sandboxie - returnil - hard & soft firewalls. :thumbsup:

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Posted 21 July 2010 - 11:04 AM

Choosing a security toolkit with anti-virus, firewall and anti-malware programs is a matter of personal preference, your technical ability and experience, features offered, the amount of resources utilized, how it may affect system performance and what will work best for your system. A particular combination that works well for one person may not work as well for another. There is no universal "one size fits all" solution that works for everyone. You may need to experiment and find what is most suitable for your needs. Another factor to consider is whether you want to use paid for products or free alternatives.

No single product is 100% foolproof and can prevent, detect and remove all threats at any given time. The security community is in a constant state of change as new infections appear. Each vendor has its own definition of what constitutes malware and scanning your computer using different criteria will yield different results. The fact that each program has its own definition files means that some malware may be picked up by one that could be missed by another. Thus, a multi-layered defense using several anti-spyware products (including an effective firewall) to supplement your anti-virus combined with common sense and safe surfing habits provides the most complete protection.

As a general rule, using more than one anti-spyware program like Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware, SuperAntispyware, Spybot S&D, Ad-Aware, etc will not conflict with each other or your anti-virus if using only one of them for real time protection and others as stand-alone scanners. In fact, doing so increases your protection coverage without causing the same kind of conflicts or affecting the stability of your system that can occur when using more than one anti-virus. The overlap of protection from using different signature databases will aid in detection and removal of more threats when scanning your system for malware. However, if using all their real-time resident shields (TeaTimer, Ad-Watch, MBAM Protection Module, Spyware Terminator Shields, etc) together at the same time, there can be conflicts when each application tries to compete for resources and exclusive rights to perform an action. Additionally, competing tools may even provide redundant alerts which can be annoying and/or confusing.

Keep in mind that you can overkill a system with resource heavy security programs that will slow down performance. Sometimes you just have to experiment to get the right combination for your particular system.

Supplement your anti-virus by performing scans with trustworthy security tools like:For a list of more tools, please see Bleeping Computer's:You can also get a second opinion by performing an Online Virus Scan like:I recommend Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and taking advantage of the Protection Module which uses advanced heuristic scanning technology to monitor your system and provide real-time protection to prevent the installation of most new malware. This technology monitors every process and stops malicious processes before they can infect your computer. Enabling the Protection Module feature requires reqistration and purchase of a license key that includes free lifetime upgrades and support. After activation, Malwarebytes can be set to update itself and schedule scans automatically on a daily basis. The Protection Module is not intrusive as it utilizes few system resources and should not conflict with other scanners or anti-virus programs.
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Posted 22 July 2010 - 01:23 PM

You know, Quietman7, thanks for the reminder! I've got to go register that program one of these days. But before I do that, I've got to fight with myself a bit and play the gamble of "Who gets it?" Having two computers is handy, but when it comes to security, I want them to be equal, and that can't always happen. It stinks being attached to your devices, doesn't it?

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